Boston

I have spent two days wondering what to write about this tragedy. Others I know have posted, some rather eloquently (notably Beth Shaw at http://www.discombobulatedrunning.com and Brian Brink at FitNiche in Wesley Chapel), that no matter what I say will probably pale in comparison, but I feel I need to post something, if nothing other than to get it out of my system. If I tend to parallel others it is only because, as not just runners, but as athletes of all kinds, we were all hit in much the same way and have many of the same feelings.
Nothing I can write will match the true sorrow I felt in my heart Monday when my iPad flashed with Breaking News and I glanced over at it and read “two explosions at the finish line of Boston” on my screen. My first reaction was to scan Facebook to see if Lyle Jacon and Vera Sanchez had finished, which both had. I know many other people running this year, but these two I know well, so my first thought was to find information about them. My next thought was a selfish one, and I admit to it. It was along the line of “thank God KC, Beth, Brian, Summer, Genna Beth, Teresa, Megan, etc. did not run it this year”. Is that a selfish part of me, to immediately be thankful that friends were not affected? I’m not sure. It’s definitely an honest reaction, and a human one for sure.
My heart was heavy …  and still is. Senseless violence like this saddens me, irritates me, and angers me. It saddens me for the loss of life, and the numerous horrendous injuries, both physical and mental. It irritates me that we cannot even run a marathon without fear of death. It angers me that people immediately turned this into a conservative/liberal debate online. At this time there is NO room for this “us vs. them” mentality. It is US vs. THEM. The fact that some of us, as a nation, cannot put aside our philosophical differences after moments like this in order to stand together against this type of aggression is what is feeding these people. They know we are fighting amongst ourselves so much that we are at a point where nothing can be accomplished. And “they” are using it to their advantage. Every POTUS back to Clinton has had an act of terror on their watch. No one has been exempt. These terrorists have one thing in common …
They hate Obama …
They hated Bush …
They hated Clinton …
It doesn’t matter what side of the room you sit on. They hate you.
As Brian said in his great post on Facebook, we are runners. We are also Swimmers, Cyclists, and Triathletes. We all have one thing in common. We are stubborn. If these people think that we will hide in fear next year, or at ANY race, they have severely misjudged this community. We will run. We will run in solidarity. And when we cross the finish lines at races we will place our hands over our hearts to recognize the victims of Boston and to show whoever is watching that we are united and we will not be bullied into hiding. WE … are NOT … cowards.
The perpetrators of these acts have the market cornered on cowardice.

5 thoughts on “Boston

  • April 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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    Thanks for the post John. This made me tear up. We aren't cowards, they are. You hit it spot on. (I'm glad you were selfish for us. That's how many, including myself, felt.)

  • April 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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    Thanks for the post John. This made me tear up. We aren't cowards, they are. You hit it spot on. (I'm glad you were selfish for us. That's how many, including myself, felt.)

  • April 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm
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    Thanks John! This is well said and deeply felt. It is US vs. THEM! ~ Carla

  • April 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm
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    Thanks John! This is well said and deeply felt. It is US vs. THEM! ~ Carla

  • April 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm
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    So many thoughts and words out there it's hard to just get it out. It was hard, still is hard whether you ran it, knew someone who ran it or want to run it. We all run, so we all felt it.

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